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blopez994 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted September 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM via web

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Find at least two (2) Web sites that would be useful for doing secondary research on a social sciences topic.

Identify the Web sites, and discuss the validity of the information presented on these sites.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted September 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM (Answer #1)

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Any of the main colleges and universities with a Social Sciences faculty would be worth visiting as their web sites are often full of useful research, background and expert contributions, but perhaps the most popular use of these websites is through their you tube clips. Here, the various universities post video clips which are ,in effect, little mini lectures and cover many many aspects of social sciences. The psychology and sociology ones are particularly useful and students have reported that being able to watch the educational material at their own pace, stop and start to make notes, run to grab a book or even take a rest break - all help them to take in the information.  The Stamford material is particularly useful. There is a lot of information on autism and schizophrenia which can be difficult to take in first time around, but which is delivered in a fresh and approachable style. It is important however to always be aware that new studies are going on all the time and to check for the newest material showing the latest research findings and papers.

As regards authenticity, the university sites are scrupulous over which material carries their endorsement as their wordlwide reputation for excellence rests upon that, and the credentials and professors are quite difficult to fake. Doubtless there are copy cat triers out there, but one only has to look at the link indexing, age on google and origination to sort that out. And of course, there is always good old enotes, on which you can always rely for sound relevant study material.


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